Return to Headlines

Summer Reading Strategies

summer reading


Summer Reading Strategies


Create a reading plan. Using a calendar, make a schedule for summer reading.   Planning ahead and stick to the schedule will help avoid leaving you reading until the last few days of summer.


Set aside a consistent time each day for reading. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it, but also remember that flexibility around trips and special family events is OK.


Alternate required reading with your child’s own choices. Your child will be more motivated to read when she has the opportunity to select some of her own reading.


Read Together.  Read books with your parents and/or siblings and discuss them. You can read aloud together by taking turns by page, or you can get two copies of the book and each read silently. In either case, discuss what you are thinking as you read and ask your questions about what the other person is reading.   By reading together, you help one another to understand what he/she reads and motivate the person to read by demonstrating that you enjoy sharing ideas about books.


Find audio books if your child is struggling. By listening to books on tape and discussing them with another person, you will learn new vocabulary and information. If audio books are not feasible, read required books aloud to your child and discuss them together. At the same time, help your child to find books at a comfortable level so she gets practice reading herself.